Saturday, July 18, 2015
As promised in an earlier post, I will be sharing how I scrap even when I get down to the bare bones of a kit. Typically I get 8-9 layouts from each kit. My style does change from shabby chic to more grunge as I get to the end of a kit. But, I love the girly grunge and the clean and simple for some of my pictures. I don't know about you but I hate feeling like all my pages look alike. For this reason, I love doing different styles.
Here's a picture of what's left of my June kit after creating seven 12x12 layouts.
Looks like a mess, huh? As many of you know, I scrap with my sister a lot. She will spend the weekend at my house and that is all we do. We used to go to all day crops at our church. Sometimes we even challenge each other long-distance. Anyway, one time we challenged each other to use only the scraps on our table to make a layout. Her layout was awesome! I use that technique when I get to the end of a kit-just use what's on my table and make a layout. Everything goes together so it's just up to me to put it together.
Let me share my process with you. I first took the large cameo from the add on kit and busted it into pieces. It did not break easily! So, don't worry about them being fragile-they are not.
Then, I just started layering. Of course, I made a banner out of the biggest piece of paper. That seems to be my trademark for layouts.
Once I had the paper laid out like I wanted it I began grabbing pieces of ephemera and adding it to the page.
As you can see in the close ups, I added some random stamping using stamps from my stash as well as past Swirlydoos kits. When you are to the end of a kit, cardstock is the go to for the background so I use stamps, sprays, and other mediums to add dimension and character to the plain cardstock.
A trick I learned from Kathi while at camp one year is to use your box instead of pop dots to add dimension. I never throw my kit box away anymore! I use it to pop up layers on my pages. And, as you've heard others say, it does make it easier to tuck in little bits and bobs on your page.
So, this is what's left of a kit box! I used it to pop up the clock and other layers on the page.
Now, I grabbed the stickers I had left from the kit and stuck them down behind the layers that are still just laying on the page.
Once the stickers and stamping were done, I took a picture with my phone so I would have a reference for how this was laid out. Then, I started gluing everything down.
I did have a picture in mind when I started this bare bones layout but many times I do not. I don't like being limited in my creativity by the picture so many times I will create the layout first, then go back and find a picture that works for the page. Since I print my pictures at home, I am free to crop and print to any size that works.
Here's some close ups so you get and idea of the layers.
I did add some flowers from my stash. They were all flowers from past Swirlydoos kits.
And, the final touch is adding a title or journaling.
Well, that's a peek into the process of scrapping with the scraps. Please share your before and after pictures with me! I'd love to see what you create with the scraps on your table!
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